By Glazyl Y. Masculino
BACOLOD City – The peace and order in Bago City, Negros Occidental got a boost following the turnover of P4.55 million worth of firearms, ammunition, and accessories to Bago City Police Station.
Mayor Nicholas Yulo and Vice Mayor Ramon Torres led the turnover of weapons and equipment to the police station headed by Police Lieutenant Colonel Jay Malong, city police chief, at the Mayor’s Office last Tuesday.
The equipment includes eight units of assault rifles, 13,000 rounds of ammunition, 5,000 pieces of 9mm heads, five pounds of gun powder, 5,000 pieces of 9mm primer, one set of ammunition reloader, eight pieces of tactical ballistic vest, eight pieces combat helmet, eight pieces hard plate, one ballistic shield, eight pieces of Special Weapons and Tactics (SWAT) uniform, eight pieces tactical boots, and one battering ram.
According to the local government, these were purchased as support to the local police force, particularly to its newly-formed SWAT team.
Malong said the procurement and plan for these were discussed last year, but was just materialized this year due to the barangay polls.
Malong thanked the city government for supporting the police force.
He said that the SWAT team is just using their PNP-issued firearms, but with the additional weapons, they will be more equipped.
He said that these weapons are a big boost to the peace and order in the city, and the morale of the police personnel.
Yulo said that this will help the police station in its bid to ensure peace and order in the community.
Also present during the turnover were Councilors Ma. Josefa Matti, Jake Patrick Torres and Joseph Colmenares, ABC President Jovito Gahaton and General Services Officer Engr. Leo Pahilanga.